Topic: Coming when called
A dog’s recall is not an instinctual trait but a skill that is learned and reinforced over time. Your recall command is sacred and should only be used in combination with fun, positive things, so that your dog will be encouraged to respond quickly.
The lack of motivation in the dog to come when called has everything to do with what happens once the dog reaches his owner. Have you called your dog to come to you to only yell at him for chewing up your high heels or peeing on your favorite rug? If so, all you are doing is setting up your dog’s recall to be associated with bad things. The consequences that follow the come command determine whether or not your dog will have a great recall or a “take his sweet time before returning” type of a recall.
Find ways to make the recall fun for your dog, whether it’s with a belly rub, a piece of chicken or a chewy as a reward.
Start associating your recall word with good things to come and you’ll see your dog come happily bounding towards you in no time.